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22 - 28 September 2013 is Banned Books Week
What is Banned Books Week?
Banned Books Week is the book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, book stores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982.
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22 - 28 September 2013 is Banned Books Week

What is Banned Books Week?

Banned Books Week is the book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, book stores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982.

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120 Seconds with … Risica Caputi

Meet Risica Caputi. She is the author of Keep Your Left Up & Chin Down (Volume 14).

  • Day Job: By day I work as a cashier at the local Circle K. I am also a licensed massage therapist, and do that gig on the side whenever I have the time. 
  • 3 favorite authors: Ray Bradbury, Charles Bukowski, and Agatha Christie. 
  • 3 artists I admire: That is a tough one. I have always wished that I could have Marina Abramovic’s courage and passion. I am constantly mystified by Bernini’s sculptures. I have visited the Borghese Gallery several times and I can’t figure out how someone could make something so perfect. Lastly, I admire Dali— he embraced his weirdness. 
  • Bragging rights: tell us about something you’re really proud of. I’m proud that I have finally learned to love myself. It’s taken a while. 
  • What’s the toughest criticism of your work you’ve ever received? How did you respond or deal with it? I once sent a sonnet I wrote to an online magazine. They told me it was too rhyme-y. How did I deal with it? I stopped rhyming. 
  • Must-have item for my workspace: Quiet. 
  • Where do your ideas come from? What can you tell us about your creative process? My ideas come from what I see at my tedious, stressful, and crazy job. I get inspiration from my interactions with others. For example, I had a male customer recently tell me that I should re-paint my nails—he could see the polish was chipping. So I wrote a poem about how women are seen as the property of others; how some men see it as “okay” to tell a woman how to look, dress, or simply be. 
  • How do you know when a piece or project is finished and needs no additional work?I never really know if a piece is done. It just comes out of me, and that’s that. Sometimes I go back and change things around or edit. But then again, sometimes I don’t. 
  • Tell us about an under-appreciated artist, gallery, writer, or bookstore do you think people should know about. My friend from high school, Nick Sirotich. We rode the bus together for 2 years, and we were really good friends. He is an illustrator and tattoo artist; he’s the coolest guy ever. You can find his work at nicksirotich.com
  • 3 things that will be obsolete in 10 years: cursive writing, CD players, ugg boots (I hope). 
  • Any fun plans for the summer? My plans for the summer are to work, write, garden, and to finish up the courses I need to become a licensed body piercer. 

Vol. 14 POWER AND CORRUPTION: Risica Caputi - “Keep Your Left Up & Chin Down”

"The piece I’ve written is about how backward American society is. Although we have made incredible advances in technology, medicine, and so forth, our country has the mental attitude of a four year old. We want to be cool. We want to be perfect. We want everything, and we want it now. This poem is a bit cynical, but who isn’t nowadays?"—Risica 

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Welcome to America
Land of freedom and prosperity
Where the old are forgotten
Shut away inside graying walls
So we are not subjected to their slow decay
Where the prosperous ascend to the top
On the broken sweating backs
Of the middle class

This is the land where vanity is god
Where we starve and cut and die
To meet impossible standards
Where higher education is for everyone
As long as your pockets are lined with gold
We are deluged with images of the beautiful people
Leading lives that we wish we could have
Famous for nothing and loving it

Welcome to America
Land of freedom and acceptance
Where you are judged not on the goodness of your soul
But on the price of your Louis Vuitton handbag
Where some struggle and toil just to make it to next week
While the one percent sip champagne over breakfast
Watching the rest of us work ourselves to death.

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120 Seconds with….Jon Walz

Jon Walz is the artist behind Untitled.

  • Day job: Glass artist
  • 3 favorite authors: Oscar Wilde, Orson Welles, Henry David Thoreau 
  • 3 artists you most admire: Marc Chagall, Gustav Klimt, Theo Jansen
  • Bragging rights: I brag about everything…
  • What’s the toughest criticism of your work you’ve ever received? "I could do that"
  • How did you respond or deal with it? "Go right ahead"
  • What is the must-have item for your workspace? Other than myself and paint… Lots of wine.
  • Where do your ideas come from? Usually people who piss me off.
  • What can you tell us about your creative process? It’s never really the same twice so I just put my self in a position to create and sometimes good things happen and sometimes they don’t.
  • How do you know when a piece or project is finished and needs no additional work? When I roll it up and start the next piece. I can’t leave work out or I’ll keep messing with it until its a completely different work so I just have to put it away. 
  • Tell us about an under-appreciated artist, gallery, writer, or bookstore do you think people should know about. Steven Powell. He’s an amazing glass artist out of Danville Kentucky.
  • Name three things that will be obsolete in 10 years. Wish were obsolete or actually? I wish: Ugg boots, reality TV and religion. 
  • Any fun plans for the summer? Some friends and I are in the early stages of starting a clothing company so hopefully we can get that up and running this summer.